By Sam Volz: On December 3, Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez and Juan Francisco Estrada will fight for the WBC super flyweight title that Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez vacated this week.
Chocolatito (51-3, 41 KOs) and WBC franchise super flyweight champion Estrada (43-3, 28 KOs) will meet for the third time on December 3rd on DAZN at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
Estrada, 32, defeated Chocolatito in their rematch last March with a controversial 12th round decision in Dallas, Texas.
Although Chocolatito appeared to beat Estrada by a more one-sided decision than in their first meeting in 2012, two of the judges threw a shocker at Juan Francisco. The fans on the side of the American airport shouted loudly at the decision, where they showed their displeasure with the goal scored in the match.
The judges who awarded the fight to Estrada scored it 117-111 and 115-113. Unsurprisingly, there was a lot of backlash on the results of the fight from the boxing public, especially on the referee who scored Estrada 117-111. Getting it wrong is one thing, but going too far is sad.
Chocolatito threw over 1000 punches in the fight, with many of them connecting cleanly. In Estrada’s recent fight against the younger Argi Cortez Last September, he looked like a shell of the fighter who fought Chocolatito a year ago.
Estrada defeated Cortesz by a narrow 12-round decision with scores of 15-112, 114-113, and 115-112.
Considering how poor Juan Francisco was in this fight, you have to assume that last year’s decision by Chocolatito took what was left of the 32-year-old, who left a serious dent in Argi Cortesz’s form. he almost beat him.
Did Bam Rodriguez duck the Chocolatito?
In a predictable move, Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez (17-0, 11 KOs) chose to vacate the WBC 115-lb belt to move down to 112-lb instead of defending the belt against the highly accomplished former four-division world champion Chocolatito Gonzalez.
Although the reason why ‘Bam’ Rodriguez gave up his WBC belt was because he wanted to go back to 112 to pick up other belts, most boxing fans are not buying that excuse.
They believe that Bam saw the writing on the wall and realized that he was not good enough to beat Chocolatito or even compete with him. Many people confirmed these assumptions when they saw Bam Rodriguez fight against Israel Gonzalez, nailing him with 12 bad decisions.